Monday Milers

The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”.  The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph.  Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes.  We  stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).

Regular departure time and place:  The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64.  Start time is 9:00 AM.  Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.

Hike leader:  Richard Mayberry  828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), mayberryfinearts@gmail.com

If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.

“All who wander are not lost.”–J.R.R. Tolkien

HIKE SCHEDULE

MONDAY MILERS: SUMMER/FALL 2021
Adventures with Richard…

June 21 BUCK SPRINGS TO PISGAH INN
6.1 miles, 1,500 ascent, 65’ descent, R7, car fee: $4.00.
A shuttle: leave a car at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Springs parking on HWY 276. Let’s plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn?

June 28 3 Lakes Trail in DuPont
4.5 miles, 500’ ascent est., R4, $2.00 car fee
An out and back trail from the Visitor’s Center, we hike across the Little River via covered bridge, right on Conservation Rd., left onto Pitch Pine trail, left onto Three Lakes Trail, then return on Conservation Rd. to the covered bridge and on to cars.

July 2 SYCAMORE COVE FROM LOWE’S
7 miles, est. 700’ ascent, R6, no car fee
From Lowe’s parking we hike out the Estatoe Trail, cross footbridge and hike right to the Sycamore Cove trailhead, hike the trail and return.

July 9 DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE VARIATION
4.6 miles, 900’ ascent, 660’ descent’, R6, car fee: $5.00
Park at 215 and the BRP, hike to Devil’s Courthouse via the Mountains to Sea Trail then return via the Blue Ridge Parkway.

July 16 GORGES STATE PARK, RAINBOW FALLS, etc.
6 miles, 950’ ascent, R6, $3.50 car fee
From the trailhead go past Rainbow Falls to Turtle Falls and back. Lunch at Stair Step Falls.

July 23 WADING AT TURKEY PEN
7.2 miles, 700’ ascent, R7, car fee: $2.00
From Turkey Pen parking we hike Vineyard Gap, left at Riverside trail and back via short up to cars.

July 30 DUPONT FOREST, GUION FARMS TO CORN MILLS SHOALS, VARIATION
9 miles est., 800’ ascent, est, R8, car fee: $2.00
A shuttle hike, from Guion Farms we take Buck Forest Rd. to Jim Branch/Isaac Heath go right, left on Locust, left on Lake Imaging Rd., then right back on Buck Forest Rd. to Visitor’s Center. Then cross Staton Rd., go Sheep Mountain trail, right on Cascade Trail, left on Pine Tree trail, then right on Longside Trail to Corn Mill Shoals to parking.

August 2 PRESSLEY COVE TO BLACK MOUNTAIN AND DOWN VIA RR 5022
5 miles est., 900’ ascent, R6, no car fee
This will be a shuttle. We will park behind the Ranger Station at the Black Mountain trailhead and at Pressley Cove on Avery Creek Rd. and hike up to RR 5022 via Pressley Cove, make a right onto Ranger Road 5022 and another right on Black Mountain trail back to cars.

August 9 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, ARBORETUM
8.4 miles, 1,070’ ascent, 1,035 descent, R7, $5.00 car fee
From parking at 191 and the Blue Ridge Parkway we hike the MST then turn into the Arboretum for a hike to the Center with seating, have lunch, wander, then return to our cars .

August 16 BLUEBERRY HIKE
4 – 6 miles, 300’ ascent, R3, car fee $5.00
We will drive to the Big Sam parking on access road 816 off the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike out and pick. Please bring a container to store blueberries ( a cut out milk jug works great.)

August 23 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN TO FISH HATCHERY, II
13.1 miles, 1,700’ ascent, 1,500’ descent, R8, $2.00
Shuttle hike, Bracken Mountain parking, hike on the “blue” trail to 475c, continue on 475c to the Fish Hatchery.

August 30 SOAPSTONE RIDGE THE LONG WAY
8 miles, 900’ ascent, R7, car fee: $3.00
From Yellow Gap Rd., hike in on Barnett Branch to Pink Beds, left to connector trail to Gauging Trail, out the South Mills River trail, right onto Soapstone Ridge trail connecting with Barnett Branch and finish.

September 6 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, LIBERTY BIKES – US 191
6.4 miles, 875’ ascent, 950’ descent, R5, $5.00 car fee
A shuttle hike from Liberty Bikes on the MST to the parking area just past the 191 exit on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

September 13 PISGAH RIDGE/SKINNY DIP FALLS via GRAVEYARD FIELDS
4.5 miles, 500’ climb, R4, $5.00
Shuttle, start at the intersection of 816 and the BRP, hike Pisgah Ridge to Graveyard Fields to the MST to Skinny Dip Falls, lunch, then to the Looking Glass overlook.

September 20 BENT CREEK TO ARBORETUM WANDER
6 miles est., 500’ climb est., R7, car fee: $5.00
A Shuttle hike from Rice Pinnacle (Bent Creek Exp. Forest) we hike out Hard Times Connector, then hike out Old Bent Creek Gap Rd., go left on Greenhouse Way then wander in the Arboretum finally getting to our cars near the Arboretum Gates.

September 27 PANTHERTOWN EXPLORATION
7 miles, est. 800’ ascent, est., R7, car fee: $5.00
From Cold Mtn. Gap trailhead we hike out to the west side of Panthertown and return. Exact route TBD.

October 4 MOUNTAINS TO SEA, GREEN KNOB TRAIL
5.3 miles, 700’ climb, R5, $5.00
A shuttle, from 215 near the BRP we hike SW on the MTS to Green Knob Trail, short distance
to lunch, then back to the MST to parking at Rough Butt overlook.